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Government drops state windmill plan #NOR

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National Wind Watch

Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s conservative coalition is scrapping a new national wind energy plan that identified specific areas as best-suited for windmills. It proved to be highly controversial, prompting Solberg to back down after massive criticism that huge wind turbines can ruin scenic wilderne...

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Mark Silverstone on Oct 19, 2019 1:54 pm GMT

It is important to note that this decision is by no means a rejection of wind energy in Norway. 
It is, however, recognition that local municipalities do not want to allow the central government (Parliament) to designate preferred areas to be targeted for wind energy development for fear that local communities will lose their decision making powers.

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Matt Chester on Oct 21, 2019 11:55 am GMT

Great point, Mark, and certainly an important distinction. No doubt those municipalities would be saying the same thing about losing decision making over any large energy project (or infrastructure project in general) in their jurisdiction. 

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